Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Valentino Fall 2009 at Paris Fashion Week

At the Valentino A/W 2009 show, models strutted in a simple yet beautiful collection of dresses by new designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. I really loved the acid yellow, turquoise, emerald green and wine that were used and the hair and makeup go so well with the look!

Makeup artist Pat McGrath created a polished look with the focus on the eyes. She applied a taupe eyeshadow (try NARS Ashes to Ashes eyeshadow) on the eyelids and topped with a gray-beige shimmer before smudging a black kohl around the eyes and extending the line outwards. Short strips of false lashes were applied followed with Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara.

The cheeks were contoured with a very light touch of pink and the lips remained subdued with a nude lip balm. To complete the look, a bright red nail polish (Revlon Red) was applied to the nails.

Hairstylist Orlando Pita gave models a “young and fresh look with a lot of volume and a little flicks at the ends”. He blow-dried models hair with a thick round brush and applied a generous spritz of Plump and Control hair spray, both from T3.

Images: WWD, and Courtorture.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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